Two Malawian athletes Grevazio Mpani and Doris Fisha have secured deals with Orcas Academy Athletics Club of South Africa.
The two athletes secured the deals barely two months after their compatriot Nalicy Chirwa joined the Durban club.
A letter dated April 21 2019 signed by the club’s chairperson Mthokozisi Khuzwayo states: “With reference to your request, kindly be advised that Grevazio Mpani is hereby invited to Orcas Academy [Athletics Club] based in South Africa. He will stay in Westville at 11 Latina Place, 3610 Durban.
“Orcas will be responsible for travel, accommodation and food.”
Athletics coach Francis Munthali, who was contacted to get the athletes, said Chirwa recommended Mpani and Fisha.
He described the deal as a boost to their respective careers.
“It’s a chance for them to make money. It will also benefit the country because the athletes get international exposure,” Munthali said.
The Olympic athlete said Fisha and Mpani are reputable long-distance athletes poised to do well in South Africa.
Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) general secretary Frank Chitembeya said it was a good development.
“It’s good that our athletes have been spotted by a South African club as it will expose them to more international competitions,” he said.
Khuzwayo said in an interview that he is impressed with the two athletes’ performance during training.
During last week’s event, Chirwa finished second and earned R10 000 (about K500 000).